- James Charles Evers is an American civil rights activist and former politician
|When was Charles Evers born?
||11 September 1922
|How old is Charles Evers in 2019?
Charles Evers facts
- A Republican, Evers was known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement along with his younger brother Medgar Evers
- He was made the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) State Voter Registration Chairman in 1954
- After his brother's assassination in 1963, Evers took over his position as field director of the NAACP in Mississippi
- As field director, Evers organized and led many demonstrations for the rights of African Americans
- In 1969, Evers was named “Man of the Year” by the NAACP
- In 1969, Evers was elected in Fayette, Mississippi as the first African-American mayor in the state in the post-Reconstruction era, following passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which enforced constitutional rights for citizens
- He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1971 and the United States Senate in 1978, both times as an Independent candidate
- In 1989, Evers was defeated for re-election after serving nearly twenty years as mayor
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